World War II

Yankees legend Yogi Berra (credit: Mike McCann/WFAN)

Yankees Legend Yogi Berra, D-Day Vet, Honored On 70th Anniversary

Berra did not speak during the ceremony. But he told the AP afterward that D-Day was “amazing” and “awful,” as he fired at the Nazis from 300 yards offshore.

06/07/2014

Rose petals are dropped from a helicopter on the Statue of Liberty June 6, 2014  (Photo credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Flower Shower At Statue Of Liberty Commemorates 70th Anniversary Of D-Day

Three helicopters showered 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty on Friday during a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

06/06/2014

Former Army Sgt. Morton Wernick (Credit: CBS 2)

Another Honor In Store For D-Day Veteran On 70th Anniversary Of Invasion

On the 70th anniversary of D-Day, former Army Sgt. Morton Wernick will receive another medal to add to his collection — the French Legion of Honor, for landing in Normandy and participating in numerous battles to help free France.

06/05/2014

The Cedar Crest retirement community in Pompton Plains, N.J. mounted 250 flags on Memorial Day to honor veterans. (Credit: Jim Smith/WCBS 880)

New Jersey Retirement Home Puts Out 250 Flags To Honor Local Veterans

A New Jersey retirement community honored its residents with an awesome array of flags this Memorial Day.

05/26/2014

The American Air Power Museum has unveiled an exhibit honoring women World War II correspondents. CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan views it here with curator Julia Laura Blum. (Credit: CBS 2)

American Air Power Museum To Honor Female World War II Correspondents

A special honor will be bestowed upon a group of women this Memorial Day weekend. They documented the battle on the front lines of World War II, while at the same time fighting for the right to cover the historic conflict.

05/23/2014

A series of letters written during World War II finally made it into the hands the author's son. (Credit: CBS 2)

Long Lost Letters From World War II Finally Make It To Cedar Grove Family

Some people may see them as pieces of history, but for the loved ones of the now deceased G.I. who wrote them, dozens of letters and keepsakes from World War II are precious memories.

04/29/2014

Officials pose with Johann Conrad Seekatz's "St. Philip Baptizing A Servant Of Queen Kandaki" on Feb. 6, 2014. (credit: U.S. Department Of Homeland Security)

U.S. Officials Return Painting Stolen By Nazis During World War II To Poland

The Johann Conrad Seekatz painting — titled “St. Philip Baptizing A Servant Of Queen Kandaki” — was looted from the Polish National Museum in Warsaw in 1938.

02/06/2014

John LaPuzz was awarded the Purple Heart for his service during World War II (Credit: CBS 2)

World War II Veteran From New Jersey Receives Purple Heart Award

The presentation of the award, for being wounded in combat, was made by Rep. Bill Pascrell, who worked to correct the oversight.

01/17/2014

Robert Passanisi was one of 200 American soldiers who survived a dangerous mission in the Burmese jungle during World War II. (credit: CBS 2)

Merrill’s Marauder Tells Tale Of Heroic World War II Mission

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked the nation for volunteers for a “secret and dangerous mission.” Three thousand young men volunteered. Just 200 of the Army rangers came home.

11/11/2013

Nazi flag (credit: ClipArt.com)

Protesters Call For Ouster Of Reputed Nazi War Criminal Living In Queens

Palij worked as an armed guard at an SS slave labor camp for Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II and helped keep prisoners from escaping, according to court documents.

11/10/2013

Nicholas Oresko is honored at a service Oct. 10, 2013 in Paramus, N.J. (credit: CBS 2)

World War II Hero Nicholas Oresko Laid To Rest

Those who eulogized Oresko spoke about his humility, his infectious smile, the way he could clear a dance floor, his signature bow tie and his hatred of broccoli.

10/10/2013

Medal of Honor recipient and New Jersey resident Nicholas Oresko. (Credit CBS 2)

Oldest Living Medal Of Honor Recipient Nicholas Oresko Dies At 86

The Bayonne native received the Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman on Oct. 30, 1945. While serving as an Army Master sergeant, the badly wounded Oresko single-handedly took out two enemy bunkers during the Battle of the Bulge and killed 12 German soldiers.

10/05/2013

Swinburne Island is seen from Chopper 880 - July 10, 2013 (credit: Tom Kaminski / WCBS 880)

Check It Out: NYC’s Abandoned Swinburne Island

New York City is full of little nuggets of history long abandoned. Among them is the small, artificial Swinburne Island, located in New York Bay east of Staten Island.

07/10/2013

Purple Heart Returned To World War II Hero's Family (credit: CBS 2)

Purple Heart Returned To World War II Hero’s Family On Long Island

The medal was award to Staff Sgt. Arnold Haapala, originally from Elmont, who was killed in the invasion of Normandy during World War II.

07/02/2013

Bay Head, N.J. (file / credit: Borough of Bay Head)

Suspected Mine Detonated In Surf Off Jersey Shore

A plume of water shot about 125 feet in the air and a boom echoed through town Wednesday as a military explosives team detonated a suspected mine that a diver had discovered partially buried in sand in the Atlantic Ocean.

06/26/2013

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